Senior Citizens 65+ Have A Serious Disability, Says The CDC
Approximately 42% of senior citizens, aged 65 and older have a disability, according to newly released data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The data canvassed only non-institutionalized seniors.
The CDC published their analysis and data in last Friday’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Mobility issues were the most prevalent disability and manifested itself as great difficulty in walking or climbing stairs. Twenty-seven percent of the 162,724 seniors covered by the data, fell into this category.
Second on the list was serious difficulty hearing, which affected affecting 15 % of those 65 or older.
Other disabilities involved independent living such as:
- difficulty doing errands alone, (10% )
- serious difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions (9.5%),
- vision problems (6.5%)
- self-care, such as difficulty dressing and bathing (5.5%).
Overall, women were more likely to have a disability than men. On the other hand, men reported more hearing problems than the women.
A further analysis showed that American Indian / Alaska Native people were more likely to have a disability compared to any other race or ethnicity. All disability types were most common in American Indian / Alaska Native people except for vision and independent living issues, which were most common in Hispanic people.
Senior Citizens: Regional Breakdown
As far as a regional breakdown, all disability types were most prevalent in the following states:
- North Carolina,
- South Carolina,
- West Virginia,
- Washington, D.C.